“Sarita,
you have been SOLD.”

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Sarita* had just given birth when she was sold by her husband. Her baby was taken from her and never seen again.

You can help build a safe haven—where trafficked women like Sarita can find freedom, restoration, education and empowerment.

Pokhara Project Outcome - Women's safe haven

Women’s Safe Haven Funding Target

9% funded
Every single dollar goes to the field
Your impact is maximised by our 100% Giving Model—our guarantee that 100% of your gift goes to the field.

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What is the Women’s Safe Haven?

Our Field Partner, 3 Angels Nepal, provides a safe and secure home for up to 40 women who have been trafficked. These women have access to medical care, counselling, legal support, vocational training and a strong supportive community as they begin the process of recovering from extreme trauma. Reconnecting with family and community is—if safe—always a priority. If this is not possible, women are supported to establish a new life in a safe community. Interest free microfinance loans are made available when they are ready to pursue an independent means of income generation—empowering them for a future free from the predatory tactics of traffickers.

The new women’s safe haven will be low maintenance, sustainable, and built to withstand Nepal’s level 5 earthquake zone and extreme monsoon conditions. This purpose-built safe haven will include acute care rooms, private and group counselling rooms, vocational training facilities and extra security such as CCTV and 24/hr onsite security.

This new home will protect and boost the capacity of 3 Angels Nepal’s anti-trafficking work for the long term—ensuring that countless more women like Sarita* can find freedom, restoration, education and empowerment.

Women’s Safe Haven 3D Model

Building Features

Designed to withstand earthquakes and minimise ongoing running costs through passive solar heating and cooling—this will be no ordinary building. Highlights of the completed women’s safe haven include:

24hr Security + Safety

24hr Security + Safety

Earthquake proof engineering

Earthquake Proof Engineering

Passive solar design

Passive Solar Design Principles

Bakery (vocational training facility)

Bakery (vocational training facility)

Tailoring (vocational training facility)

Tailoring (vocational training facility)

Hairdressing (vocational training facility)

Hairdressing (vocational training facility)

Hygiene and sanitation

Hygiene and Sanitation

safe drinking water

Safe Drinking Water

Environmentally sustainable

Environmentally Sustainable

Your support will help build a sustainable women’s safe haven in Pokhara, Nepal

Every single dollar goes to the field

Your impact is maximised by our 100% Giving Model—our guarantee that 100% of your gift goes to the field.

Any funds raised in excess of the amount needed for the women’s safe haven will be directed to The Pokhara Project as a whole.

SOLD: Untold Stories from Nepal

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[Content trigger warning: suicide, physical and sexual violence]

Untold Story: Sarita

"Sarita, you have been SOLD."

Sarita* stared at the man from her village. His words bounced away from her—she couldn’t understand them. Her body ached all over; her mind ached. She wanted to sleep. She wanted to go home. She wanted to hold her baby boy.

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Untold Story: Tarla

"I saw my husband counting money … and I got scared"

My name is Tarla* and I am from a remote part of Western Nepal. I am now with 3 Angels, where I am very happy, but I have a very sad story. I don’t like to share or tell many people, but I would like to tell you today.

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Untold Stories: Dwani

"I wanted to give up and take my life."

Dwani* had no choice in her marriage. One day, a man visited her village to speak with her parents and her life was changed by a conversation in which she had no voice. “They made an arrangement I didn’t like—but that’s what we have to do, as daughters,” Dwani says.

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Untold Story: Jana

"This trafficker took advantage of us"

Jana* was afraid of the man at the door. She shushed her younger brothers and listened as he talked to her mother. She desperately wished her older brother was there to tell this man to go, to protect the family. But he was far away, working in Saudi Arabia.

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Untold Story: Saili

"I was totally shattered."

As a young girl from a low caste, living with a disability, Saili* was vulnerable—even at school, where she should have been safe. She was just 14 years old when she was raped by a staff member at school. She didn’t know where to turn. Her parents were powerless to protect her.

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Untold Story: Malari

"When my mother was gone, my father raped me"

My name is Malari*. My story begins when I was just a young girl. I loved going to school and desperately wanted to continue. But for me to continue my education, my family needed money. We did not even have proper food at home.

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Untold Story: Sarita

"Sarita, you have been SOLD."

Sarita* stared at the man from her village. His words bounced away from her—she couldn’t understand them. Her body ached all over; her mind ached. She wanted to sleep. She wanted to go home. She wanted to hold her baby boy.

READ MORE

"I saw my husband counting money … and I got scared"

My name is Tarla* and I am from a remote part of Western Nepal. I am now with 3 Angels, where I am very happy, but I have a very sad story. I don’t like to share or tell many people, but I would like to tell you today.

READ MORE

Untold Stories: Dwani

"I wanted to give up and take my life."

Dwani* had no choice in her marriage. One day, a man visited her village to speak with her parents and her life was changed by a conversation in which she had no voice. “They made an arrangement I didn’t like—but that’s what we have to do, as daughters,” Dwani says.

READ MORE

Untold Story: Jana

"This trafficker took advantage of us"

Jana* was afraid of the man at the door. She shushed her younger brothers and listened as he talked to her mother. She desperately wished her older brother was there to tell this man to go, to protect the family. But he was far away, working in Saudi Arabia.

READ MORE

Untold Story: Saili

"I was totally shattered."

As a young girl from a low caste, living with a disability, Saili* was vulnerable—even at school, where she should have been safe. She was just 14 years old when she was raped by a staff member at school. She didn’t know where to turn. Her parents were powerless to protect her.

READ MORE

Untold Story: Malari

"When my mother was gone, my father raped me"

My name is Malari*. My story begins when I was just a young girl. I loved going to school and desperately wanted to continue. But for me to continue my education, my family needed money. We did not even have proper food at home.

READ MORE

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Sarita’s story true?

Yes, all of the stories shared here are the real stories of safe haven women, shared with permission. To uphold the safety and dignity of these brave women, we will always use pseudonyms as indicated by the use of an asterisk. The images associated with each story (for example, the image of Sarita*) are representational only. While we do share some real images of safe haven women (such as the group photo below), we will never do so where the specifics of trauma and violence can be linked to any individual. We acknowledge the difficult line we walk in sharing these stories—we would never want to contribute to the ongoing trauma of any victim of human trafficking, nor be exploitative in any way. This is a responsibility we feel deeply, and we commit to being open to learn and make changes when needed.

What about the COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal?

Updated 27 May 2021: Nepal is in lockdown to curb the spread of the new variant of COVID-19 that has been devastating India. This new variant is seriously impacting children and young people and is so virulent that it is spreading like wildfire through an already severely under-resourced community. The country-wide death toll is approaching 7000, and the daily infection rate is on average 8000+ new confirmed cases. The situation is serious, and the truth is we just don’t know how this will impact our Field Partner in the short or long term—they are taking it day by day.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters during the 2020 Christmas COVID-19 relief appeal, we have had additional resources on hand to assist our partner 3 Angels Nepal with emergency support and will continue to do so as needed in the weeks and months ahead.

This pandemic has highlighted the importance of getting 3 Angels Nepal into their new home as soon as possible. They would have been significantly safer in their new, secure facilities—and would have been able to facilitate lockdown much more easily across all of their programs in a centralised location—not to mention they would have their community medical facilities up and running (see The Pokhara Project for more information about the full building project of which the women’s safe haven is one key part).

We are moving forward with these building plans as we are committed to the long term sustainability and self-sufficiency for our friends and Field Partners, 3 Angels Nepal.

When will construction of the new women’s safe haven start?

Short answer: as soon as possible! Realistically, it may be a few years before we can begin construction. The land has been purchased, and the architectural designs are ready to go. Now we need to raise the funds needed to complete the build. The women’s safe haven is one part of the The Pokhara Project—and to ensure the most efficient and cost effective building process we will wait to commence construction on the full sustainable building project. This means waiting until The Pokhara Project is fully funded. The sooner we reach our funding goal, the sooner we can begin—the ideal time to start building works in Nepal is in September of any given year, due to the monsoon season.

Why is a new women’s safe haven needed?

The current women’s safe haven is in operation and continues to equip 3 Angels Nepal to serve many women who have been trafficked. Give Freedom International’s goal is to increase the capacity and impact of established, locally-run NGOs like 3 Angels Nepal, through sustainable infrastructure projects.

The new women’s safe haven will be purpose-built, low maintenance, sustainable and will withstand Nepal’s level 5 earthquake zone and extreme monsoon conditions. These new facilities will secure the rescue and rehabilitation work of 3 Angels Nepal for the long term.

The women’s safe haven is also one part of The Pokhara Project—designed to provide sustainable facilities for all of 3 Angel’s Nepal’s programs. Centralising these facilities will not only enable our Field Partner to efficiently manage their day-to-day operations, but it will also provide a more safe and secure environment for all of the women and at-risk children that participate in the full breadth of 3 Angels Nepal’s programs.

What will happen to the current women’s safe haven?

We fundraised for the purchase of the current women’s safe haven and adjoining block of land back in 2011. Moving out of rented facilities gave our Field Partner, 3 Angels Nepal, much needed stability and security. When this new facility is built, the current safe haven home will be sold and the funds will be directed back into the running of 3 Angels Nepal’s programs and support their dream of self-sufficiency.

*Image shared with permission—child’s identity obscured for their privacy and protection.
*Image shared with permission.

You can help build a safe haven—where trafficked women like Sarita* can find freedom, restoration, education and empowerment.